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WANT TO POP THE QUESTION SURROUNDED BY MAJESTIC PEAKS? TIPS FOR THE PERFECT MOUNTAIN PROPOSAL

Nowadays one can’t log onto Facebook or check their Instagram feed without being bombarded with engagement pics and the infamous “hand with ring photograph”! This places a lot of pressure on the guys in particular, as they need to find a way to propose that is special for them as a couple and unique enough to impress their lady (and her social media audience) too! If your girlfriend (soon to be fiancé) loves the outdoors and you as a couple enjoy hiking and weekend getaways in the Berg, then a mountain proposal might just be the route to take! We outline a few ideas and tips for your big moment here… Scenery You’ll need to pick the perfect spot! You can’t drive all the way to the Drakensberg Mountains for this dramatic moment and not have the right place to pop the question (especially if you choose to hire a photographer to capture this once in a lifetime moment for you – which we by the way, we suggest you do!). The Drakensberg Mountain Retreat team are hopeless romantics and would be only too glad to help you choose the best location and even help with a romantic picnic should you wish to enjoy a meal and a celebratory glass of champagne in the mountains after. Drama, drama, drama! Is your girlfriend the kind that likes anything super dramatic and over the top? Do you fear that simply being surrounded by picturesque scenery won’t be enough for her? Well, why don’t you write it in the sky then? Make the gesture even grander by hiring a plane with a...

IS HIKING IN THE DRAKENSBERG DANGEROUS?

So, the Drakensberg is renowned for its challenging hikes and endless scenic views, but are we safe whilst adventuring through the great Drakensberg Mountains? Is hiking in the Drakensberg dangerous? The experienced Drakensberg Mountain Team outline the do’s and don’ts, the dangers and the myths behind hiking in these magnificent mountains, below… The average person on the street probably considers hiking through the Moloti-Drakensberg Park over a weekend, a rather dangerous and daring hobby / excursion, and this is not an unfair assumption to make. We’ll outline the facts below so that you can decide for yourself, if it’s something you would like to add to your bucket list. Factors contributing to possible dangers whilst hiking through the Drakensberg Mountains: The weather The unpredictable and quickly changing weather patterns in the Drakensberg make hiking more dangerous but having said this, mountains all over the world have a unique climate of their own due to the high altitudes. Getting stuck in the mountains during an intense storm may be dangerous, but using weather forecasts and packing the correct equipment can help prevent this or help in a volatile situation. Generally speaking the Drakensberg experiences mostly sunshine and some storms later in the day. Rock formation Some of the rocks in the Drakensberg are less secure than other areas but this again is something you will experience no matter where in the world one is hiking. Avoid unpleasant and unnecessary falls by purchasing the correct hiking shoes and trekking poles. Navigation Nobody wants to get lost or make calls for an emergency rescue team! Our fantastic weather (the sunshine mentioned earlier)...

Why you should spend Easter in the Drakensberg

The beginning of the year “sprint” is starting to slow down to a mild jog (for most of us), you’ve just started getting into a routine and Easter is here which means you’ve made it to the first little break in the year! Easter brings along with it a promise of new life and nowhere is better to capture this spirit than in the Northern Drakensberg. Spend the Easter Weekend in the mountains, enjoy waking up to the sun breaking through the trees, plenty of outdoor activities and promises of days filled with family fun! EASTER WEEKEND March 25-28 2016 4 REASONS WHY YOU SHOULD SPEND EASTER IN THE DRAKENSBERG; School holidays are here, which means the kids are probably bored and looking for something to do. Taking the whole family to the Drakensberg might just be the answer for your little break with the children before you continue with the rest of your busy year. There are plenty of activities to be enjoyed by everyone! ACTIVITIES IN THE DRAKENSBERG AND SURROUNDING AREAS ON THE FARM  EXCURSIONS o   Spectacular views of the entire Central and Northern Drakensberg o   Walks and hikes with stunning views and Bushmen paintings o   Mountain bike trails o   Birding, particularly raptors o   Indoor swimming pools o   Full size snooker table o   Photography opportunities o   Baby Grand piano o   Reading, relaxing, board games o   Visit the spectacular Royal National Park World Heritage Site with wonderful hikes and breath-taking views (¾ hour drive from the Lodge) o   Guided walks to the top of the Tugela falls, the second highest falls in the world o   Champagne Valley with...

THE IMPORTANCE OF TAKING A BREAK WITH YOUR “SPECIAL PERSON”

Who doesn’t dream of a romantic weekend away with their special person? Seriously, what more could one want than a weekend alone, being pampered in the mountains and spending every minute with their partner? More often than not though, those thoughts become nothing but a distant dream because we get too busy, feel that our budgets are too tight or perhaps have some big bill or debt to pay off that takes priority! But a vacation doesn’t need to break the bank and you don’t need to be away for weeks on end to reap the benefits of a holiday. Drakensberg Mountain Retreat offer affordable and romantic weekends away for you and your partner to enjoy and unplug from the realities of life. There are countless benefits to taking a break and escaping work / everyday activities / chores… Recharge your body and mind by physically removing yourself from society, work and the stresses associated with it. Improve and strengthen your relationship by spending quality time together. You will not only be road tripping to the Drakensberg (by the way, road tripping has proven to be one of the most bonding experiences for couples) but you will also be enjoying the views, meals, relaxation and activities on offer once you arrive in the Drakensberg. Taking a break and clearing your head has been known to increase your productivity when you get back to work. Think of it as a detox for your brain which means you will have a clear and productive mind-set when you return from your trip. Improve your mood. Changing your environment and routine can influence...

THE IMPORTANCE OF RELAXATION

Some people live off stress and feel that the adrenaline that comes along with it can help one power through a long day at work, these “stressaholics” even claim that it helps boost their workouts! While it is important to remain active and its good for us all to keep our minds busy, it is imperative to relax too! Not making time to relax more often than not leaves you stressing and STRESS has been linked to many dangerous health complications, namely; heart problems and dementia. Yes, we do need to learn how to cope with life’s inevitable stresses and move on to the next issue without blinking an eyelid but relaxing at some point in the day is key for your health and longevity! What are the health benefits of relaxation? Relaxing more will help you to sleep better and sleeping helps our bodies function at their optimum level, it’s all part of a very significant cycle. Lose the one and the rest will follow, a kind of domino effect! Relaxing will help improve your mood. Feeling stressed and unrested can leave you feeling grumpy and cause you to be short tempered with the people around you. Your memory will improve and you’ll find it easier to concentrate because you would have given your mind to “detox” and sort through everything properly. You will reduce your risk of overall physical illness. Being stressed for long periods of time puts plenty of stress on our bodies, causing us to develop colds, flus and sometimes worse! Lowers your risk of stroke. A study done in 2007 at the University of...
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